Bangkok Chess Club is moving

The Queen Victoria Pub & Restaurant, Bangkok
The Queen Victoria Pub & Restaurant, Sukhumvit 23

Woodstock has been a great place for our friday night chess club, but the time has come to move on. Starting July 1st, we will be meeting in new great location at the 2nd floor of Queen Victoria Pub & Restaurant in Sukhumvit Soi 23, walking distance from both the Skytrain BTS Asoke station, and the Underground MRT Sukhumvit station. If you come by car, you can park roadside on Sukhumvit 23 after 7pm.

Check out the Queen Victoria website here.

View Queen Victoria in a Google Maps

KL Open

The 4th KL International Open Chess Championship for the Raja Nazrin Shah Challenge Trophy is sponsored by the Masterskill Education Group Berhad and organised by Polgar Chess Asia for the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) under the auspices of the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) and is registered and recognised by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) as an international title and rated tournament. 1st prize is 10,000 Ringit.

Will Thailand send a team to the KL Open this year? Peter Long has raised plenty of sponsorship, so he should have a great turnout.

Dates are 4–10 September. More details at Peter Long’s blog

Hall of Fame

Tournament Champions Gustafsson, Short and Vallejo
Champions GM Nigel Short, GM Jan Gustaffson and GM Francisco Vallejo Pons collect their trophies in the Thailand Open Chess Championship 2011

A complete list of past and present Thailand Champions has been posted here.

Check it out and see if you think your name should be there!


Thank you !

Winners of the Thailand Open Chess Championship 2011
Winners of the Thailand Open Chess Championship 2011 (photo: Panupand V.)

The tournament at the wonderful Dusit Thani Pattaya was by far the best tournament we have held. With 220 players it was clearly the largest and with 44 titled players it was also the strongest. Going into the final round was incredibly exciting, with the top 3 players having a chance to be outright winner. In the event, No. 3 GM Jan Gustaffson took the trophy on tiebreak from GM Nigel Short and GM Paco Vallejo. It wasn’t to be third time lucky for Short, though with more wins than anyone else, the prize might have gone his way. There were three IM norms awarded, to FM Martin Voigt, FM Max Illingworth and Blitz Champion Nelson Mariano III.

GM Nigel Short and WGM Alina l'Ami on the terrace
GM Nigel Short and WGM Alina l'Ami on the terrace, with Peter Darby, IO Kai Tuorila and GM Ian Rogers, Press Officer for the tournament. Alina just barely missed out on an IM norm (photo: Panupand V.)

In this picture, Tournament Director IO Kai Tuorila is sporting one of our new Bangkok Chess Club polo shirts. Thanks to the 30 people who bought the shirt at the Thailand Open, the Bangkok Chess Club has sent a donation of US$100 to the Japanese Red Cross (100 Baht per shirt).

Thank you to all who took part to make the tournament a great success!

Download rounds 1-8 in PGN format here